With an impressive acting arsenal, actor Oscar Isaac has never put himself in a box in terms of the film genres which he is now easily transcending through. Getting on board in Julliard years ago, the thespian slowly moved his way through the Hollywood ladder to where he currently is right now. With a plethora of projects in the pipeline that ranges from sci-fi to period piece, his latest offering is the superhero flick “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Isaac plays the sub-titular role in the film who happens to be the first ever mutant. After years of slumber, he suddenly wakes up and found that the world is different from what he has envisioned it to be. He then goes on a mission to “cleanse” it with the ultimate goal that only the most powerful will survive. Aside from his acting chops, Isaac had to also rely on his patience given the heavy prosthetics he had to put on and work with through hours of filming to imbibe the role.
“I would do some acting and then go to my tent and try to breathe and not freak out that sweat was pouring into my ears and I couldn’t touch them,” he shared for his recent cover story for Rolling Stone Magazine. “It was rough. But the challenge of basically doing Kabuki theater in a film was crazy.”
To make matters more complicated, backlash with regards to how he looked and sounded started pouring in when his first few photos were released by Entertainment Weekly and the movie’s first trailer. The translation of Apocalypse from the comics did not bode will with some fans, at least aesthetically. Director Simon Kinberg has already addressed the flak explaining that the pictures were taken at a time that they are still working on the coloring and his voice was also a work in progress at that time.
Despite the added layer of difficulty, Isaac stood by the role because he believed in the character explaining “I was really into the character. I’m not a huge comic-book-movie fan. I like them and I appreciate them, but it’s started to feel a little bit repetitive. I did really like ‘Deadpool,’ and the last ‘X-Men.‘“
After taking in the bad guy in “Apocalypse” he would get on the “Star Wars” realm as “Episode VIII” is currently in production. He plays Resistance’s best pilot, Poe Dameron in the space saga who interestingly is one of the heroes. But despite the big budgeted films, Isaac still throws in grounded stories reminiscent of his critically acclaimed roles in the Coen Brother’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” and HBO’s political thriller, “Show Me A Hero,” where he has won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries TV or Film He is currently signed on board alongside Christian Bale in “The Promise,” which is an Armenian genocide timeline piece and “A Foreigner” which is a thriller set in Guatemala.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will make its North American debut on May 27.